10 Important Tips for Maintaining a Prime Beachfront Property

by:  Dan Boyle

Prime beachfront property is an amazing asset in every Realtor’s® portfolio but you will not be able to get the best price if it is not properly maintained. Now, with such properties, there are two situations to consider: when you’re looking for renters and when you’re looking for new owners.

During the summer season, it’s a lot easier to find renters, given that beachfront property makes for about 59% of vacation rentals. However, regardless of the situation, you will need to maintain both the property and your campaign, to maximize the bottom line.

Below are 10 tips we’ve learned through trial and error (mostly error) on how to maintain every type of property on the beach, starting with rustic designs and ending with luxury beachfront homes. We’ll also talk about how to keep your campaign going, while maintaining the property.

#1: Take Advantage of the Environment

There is nothing easier on the eyes than the combination of water and land, which is why these properties are easy to promote. However, in order to make sure interested people will like your property more than any other, you should make full use of the environment.

For instance, if the property is located on a Hawaiian island, it will probably be surrounded by a lavish green landscape. So, to be in full balance with the environment, the interior should focus on creating a relaxing and peaceful setting.

#2: Maintain the Beach

The beach is the main attraction for this type of property, so if it is dirty or sprinkled with debris, the mystery will be broken. The good part is that you don’t need to invest too much because Mother Nature already did her best, but make sure it stays clean (especially when you have visits with possible customers).

#3: Keep the View Unhindered

Who doesn’t just love watching the sunset or sunrise over the ocean? Prime beachfront property has the wonderful advantage to provide just the right view so make sure to remove any clutter from the windows facing the ocean.

#4: Add a Deck

Another wonderful experience when you live in a house at the beach is feeling the light breeze while relaxing on the deck and sipping a refreshing drink. So, if the house doesn’t have a deck, make sure to install one. The return on investment can be incredible. If it has the deck, keep it in pristine condition and add some rattan chairs and a small table. It will show the house is great for couples and/or guests.

#5: Emphasize the Unique Features

Not all beachfront properties are the same so make sure to find the features that make the one you are representing, unique. For instance, if the house has a swimming pool, make sure the water is clean and the surrounding area is inviting and relaxing.

The same goes if there is a front lawn, a private driveway, fence, or front porch. But you’re not losing anything if the property has more a rustic appeal. You just need to find a way to highlight the wonderful simplicity and balance it offers.

#6: A Fresh Paint Job

The strong winds and salty air can damage the paint on the walls of a house or annexes. Chipped paint looks bad as a first impression, even though there is no actual damage on the house, which means the value of the property will drop in the eyes of a possible buyer.

Not to mention it will make an ugly discrepancy between the beautiful pictures you used for the presentation and reality. Some customers may feel cheated or their trust in your abilities as a realtor may be shaken.

But you can avoid all this, with a fresh paint job. The investment is not too big, and the result is impressive!

#7: Make it Cozy and Intimate

Most people who want a beachfront property look for a certain experience. Still, regardless of the fact that they want water sports or just standard relaxation, they all want some privacy, away from peering eyes.

While beachfront doesn’t offer too much intimacy, you can re-arrange things on the inside to give it a more intimate air. Also, make sure the windows can be easily covered without too much effort (blinds or shutters are a great and cheap solution).

#8: Focus on Comfort

To make the property more inviting, allow potential buyers to feel comfortable from the first moment they step onto the beach. Create an arrangement where they can imagine themselves laying in the sun on comfortable lounge chairs or hiding from the heat under a huge umbrella on comfy, fluffy chairs.

As they move towards the house, they should imagine a fun night/evening/afternoon with their guests, sipping refreshing drinks and sharing laughs on the deck. Inside, everything should be simple and welcoming so make sure to put emphasis on comfortable chairs, sofas, and other pieces of furniture.

#9: Test the AC Unit

The AC unit is almost mandatory for prime beachfront property! It makes the house a wonderful and cool oasis when the sun is mercilessly sending hot rays during the afternoon.

So, before you present the house, check to see if the AC unit is fully functional. If the filters need changing or the unit needs maintenance, work on this task before showing the property to any interested buyers.

#10: Create the Perfect Interior Design

To make sure customers understand that it’s a beachfront property, owners have a tendency to integrate everything that resembles the ocean into the interior design (seashells, ocean themes, and even sea creatures). However, too much of something amazing can be nauseating, and clutter can send possible buyers running.

To avoid this, keep things simple and elegant, and create an inviting space. It’s important to keep it neutral, so renters or buyers can imagine themselves living in it. Overall, keep it simple and clean, and people will love it!

Custom Hamakua Ocean View Home

35-108 Lamikai Place, Laupahoehoe HI 96764

A uniquely designed home that incorporates historic plantation details with an awesome ocean view. This home was created to celebrate both the rich history of the area, and the natural beauty. Features of the former sugarcane processing plant remain, and are cleverly included in the landscape as interesting focal points.

Each of the 2 bedroom suites and the central living suite are separately keyed for independent living, with covered walkways connecting each. Enjoy clean air and sea breezes throughout the property! The Papaaloa Country Store & Café is just a few minutes walk away, featuring a full bar and live entertainment.

The owners have used care in selecting custom home details. The entire home has been created to take advantage of the spectacular ocean view. The great room and bedrooms open onto the expansive ocean-view lanai. In the great room, look up to the cathedral ceilings and you will notice massive hand-carved wooden beams from Indonesia. Central to the home is a chef’s kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, custom cherry veneer cabinetry, and a breakfast bar for casual dining.

If you prefer, step out onto the lanai for additional covered dining space that is cooled by the trade winds and built-in fans. There is also a built-in outdoor kitchen area with sink, cabinets and granite counters.

In the bathrooms reflexology stones have been thoughtfully placed in front of the basins. The floors are made of gleaming strand bamboo. A laundry room, with LG brand front loading washer and dryer, has beautiful built in cabinets and shelving and a granite topped counter for folding.

The exterior is sturdy hardi-plank. The extensive wrap-around decking is made of easy-care composite material which doesn’t splinter or need paint.

Located in Papaaloa, on the Hamakua Coastline, this custom residence takes full advantage of an almost 180 degree ocean view. The modular design of the home allows for versatility in how you choose to use it.

See all the images, virtual tour and current pricing here: www.616829.KellyMoran.com

Rare Acreage Adjacent to Largest Waterfall on Hawaii Island

A rare Hamakua Coast offering – 98 acres adjacent to the one of the largest waterfall on Hawaii Island!

Step onto the land and hear the crashing roar of the waterfall. Various sites on the property offer distant ocean views as well as views of Akaka Falls. The property abuts Akaka Falls State Park land, but does not extend into Akaka Falls.

Located above the boutique town of Honomu, approximately 20 minutes from Hilo, this large acreage would be ideal for a number of potential uses. Akaka Falls State Park is one of the most highly visited tourist locations on the island. While most people just visit Akaka Falls, this opportunity offers a lucky buyer to live adjacent to this spectacular natural wonder!

Surrounding acreage is used for tropical fruit production, mac nuts, nurseries, and livestock cultivation. Currently part of the property is leased on a month-to-month basis to a cattle rancher. This parcel has sloping and undulating topography. The middle section of the property mahogany, cocobolo and citrus trees have been planted. Above this is a stand of tall well established eucalyptus trees. This soil in the area is Akaka silty clay loam, which has rapid permeability. This type of soil is adaptable for pasture, woodland and watershed.

A private residential estate site, a combination home / agricultural operation or livestock ranch.

Let your dreams come true.

See all the incredible images and virtual tour here: www.616824.KellyMoran.com

Two Spectacular Waterfalls on Large Acreage


Large acreage with two spectacular waterfalls in beautiful Ninole. Located on the Hamakua Coast, a historic heritage corridor that is known for its lush tropical greenery and of course – waterfalls!

This 41.5 acre fee simple parcel offers privacy, acres of fertile pastureland, and panoramic ocean and mountain views. There are numerous house pads to choose from. Great place to build your home and farm organic fruit trees and vegetables! Deep silty, clay loam soil.

Build the home of your dreams on this unique estate property. There are acres of privacy, and room for farming or/or livestock.

The property borders Waikaumalu Stream, a year round stream. The larger waterfall is roughly 100 feet tall, accompanied by a second 40 ft tall waterfall both with a large natural swimming pool areas.

Ninole is located 19 miles north of Hilo and 40 miles to Waimea. Considered one of the prime areas on the Big Island.

See all the images and virtual tour here: www.617357.KellyMoran.com

Hilo Oceanfront Home with Pool

This renovated classic bungalow sits on an extra large oceanfront lot. Step inside and experience breathtaking ocean views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom. During the home renovation great care has been taken to preserve the unique mid-century modern details which make this home so charming.

PLEASE NOTE: During August 2018 there was a tropical storm with extraordinary rainfall that caused erosion, in which a portion of the cliff fell into the ocean. The greatest loss occurred near the Hilo side boundary and corner of the home. Home is being sold “As Is” and the list price has been adjusted for this situation. Seller has no knowledge of future stability of the cliff, and engineers have not evaluated the cliff since the storm. Buyers to conduct due diligence, including consultation with structural engineer, prior to submitting offers.

Listing agent must be present for all showings. No direct access to area of cliff collapse allowed.

Details such as old-growth fir hardwood floors, curly mango bookcases, and chinoiserie architectural details. While the character of the home has been maintained, interior renovations complement the original style with additions that modern home buyers seek.

In the kitchen you’ll find a spacious original pantry alongside Jenn-Aire and Bosch stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone premium quartz counter tops, and a kitchen island. The overall kitchen design is open to the living area and offers unobstructed ocean views. The living room offers a comfortable place to relax while enjoying the unobstructed ocean views. Step outside onto the large porcelain tiled lanai – a perfect spot to watch for migrating whales or enjoy the cruise ships passing by in the evenings. Beyond the lanai is a large lawn that stretches to the cliff.

The master bedroom, office and one guest bedroom are cleverly located on one side of the house. The recently upgraded master bath has a large tiled walk-in shower.

See all the images and 3-D Video tour here: www.617041.KellyMoran.com 

Rare Vacant Land – Build Your Dream Home Near the Ocean

A rare vacant land parcel with natural brackish water ponds near Richardson’s Beach Park in Hilo. Across the street from the ocean in Hilo, with natural fishponds, is an unusually large vacant lot that is ideal for building site for your dream home. People who love the “beach lifestyle” love this area! Home of the Hilo Yacht Club and Richardson’s Beach Park. UH-Hilo is a short bike ride away, as is downtown Hilo. Hilo Medical Center is a short drive. The Keaukaha district of Hilo is known for its many sunny days. Properties are rarely available in this highly desired neighborhood.

This extraordinary parcel has a large natural pond. The land has been previously hand-cleared, not bulldozed, so nature’s integrity has been maintained. There are also old lava rock walls on the property near the ponds, another relic of bygone times. Several large trees, including a beautiful eucalyptus, that provide shade and a tropical ambiance.

Enjoy an unobstructed view of the ocean from the lot, across natural ponds on the adjacent property. Build your dream home with views of the ocean.

Nearby is Richardson’s Beach Park, with black sand beaches. It is an excellent spot to swim, snorkel, kayak or stand-up paddle in the pristine waters.

Dream about living near the ocean in Hawaii? Well this is the perfect property to build your dream home!

See all the images and virtual tour here: www.616954.KellyMoran.com

Corner Lot In The Beauty Of Volcano

Off of Wright Rd. in Volcano is a corner lot… near restaurants, great hiking, the Volcanoes National Park, and the Volcano Golf course.

Almost 1/2 acre in size, build a home amidst the peaceful natural surroundings. Giant Hapu’u ferns and old growth ohia grow on this property along with native Hawaiian rainforest vegetation. Lush vegetation grows here and this area has an excellent orchid growing climate.

In close proximity to the Volcano Farmer’s Market and the quaint town of Volcano. Volcano is a boutique artist’s community, and also home to the world famous Volcanoes National Park.

A favorite location for those who like the cool low-key upcountry lifestyle. Build a snug home surrounded by the beauty of Volcano.

See all the details, images, virtual tour, and current pricing here: www.616867.KellyMoran.com

Panoramic Views! Waterfalls! Natural Swimming Pools!

Spectacular 6.2 acres bordering Kalui’iki Stream with waterfalls and natural swimming pools.

This is an area just minutes above Hilo Medical Center, where you will find beautiful homes on large parcels. Plenty of room for privacy. Panoramic Hilo Bay, coastline and Mauna Kea Mountain views. With all utilities available to the property, including county water, and paved road access, you’ll have the comforts of town with the feeling of “country”. Only five minutes to downtown Hilo!

Deep silty clay loam soil excellent for growing exotic tropical fruits and vegetables. Build your dream home just minutes from Hilo Medical Center, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the Astronomy Centers of the UH, Subaru, and Gemini Telescopes.

Enjoy the cooler “upcountry” temperatures, and serene tropical beauty. Property boundary on Kalui’iki Stream is the middle of the stream.

Property is designated “Important Agricultural Lands” (IAL) in Hawaii County General Plan and is in the Agriculture State Land Use District. See Hawaii Planning Department for details. Parcel is not currently cleared as in pictures.

See all the images and virtual tour here: www.615109.KellyMoran.com

Ocean View Estate Home

Located in the Honoli’i area north of Hilo, on a cul-de-sac of beautiful designer homes, you’ll find this spectacular single level custom home with unparalleled ocean views. If you are looking for an extraordinary home with luxurious custom details throughout, located within Hilo city limits… look no further.

Telescoping windows make the front wall “disappear”, and open the great room onto the spacious travertine-tiled lanai spanning the entire ocean-view side of the home. This provides extra square footage for indoor/outdoor entertaining while enjoying the views. The open concept design has a central chef’s kitchen, with thick granite counters, gas Jenn-Air range, stainless-steel appliances, and island seating for casual dining. A dining area with dry-bar is adjacent to the kitchen, and open to the great room.

There are three bedrooms, each with en-suite baths. The clever design of the home also makes one of these baths a convenient powder room for guests. The master bedroom has large sliding doors that open onto the ocean-view lanai and a large cedar-lined walk-in closet. The en-suite master bathroom has a large jetted bathtub and a spacious walk-in shower. One guest bedroom has a walk in closet and en-suite bathroom. A second guest bedroom is located near the front of the home and could also function as a great home office.

Cool easy care slate flooring runs throughout the home. The ceilings have unique tray details with beautiful wood insets. The home has a 20 panel photovoltaic solar system, as well as solar water panels.

This home is minutes from Hilo Medical Center, downtown Hilo, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the Joint Astronomy Centers.

County & tax records may not match number of bedrooms.

See all the incredible images and 3-D Video Tour here: www.615450.KellyMoran.com

Stream-Front Ninole Home

Hawaii living at its best! This beautiful home overlooks Waiehu Stream in Ninole, just minutes north of Hilo along the picturesque Hamakua coastline. Located on one acre of lush tropical land, this home has stream frontage that includes waterfalls and natural swimming holes. The entire home takes advantage of its unique location on the stream.

The open concept great room area is comfortable and perfect for indoor relaxing while listening to the sounds of the stream. Feel like you are dining outdoors while sitting in the glass enclosed dining room.

Unlike many properties that are bordered by inaccessible stream borders, this home has paved stairs right down to the stream, allowing easy access to the pristine waters.

Number of rooms in home does not match Hawaii County tax records, some additions may be unpermitted – buyer and buyers agent to perform due diligence.

See all the images and 3-D Video Tour here: www.614715.KellyMoran.com